Category: Miscellaneous

Third

Third

Better late than never. (Though earlier would’ve been better.) Darling Alex finally has a website, to match his sister and brother. You know how they say you take fewer pictures with each successive child? It’s true. Two pictures in October? That’s so wrong.

Moreflix

Moreflix

At the risk of turning this blog into FlixFilter, I have to mention this bit of synchronicity: At an eGullet lunch at Helena’s Hawaiian Food earlier this week, we were talking about Netflix. I mentioned that we were trying to get back into movie watching… and I also noted that...

Typical

Typical

Promoting tolerance? Accepting diversity? Dirty cartoons? What is this country coming to? Seriously. What is this country coming to? Lately, I’m too disappointed to be disgusted. Meanwhile, I have an awful feeling that this is the kind of “big story” that will be plastered all over newsstands the morning the...

Reflixed

Reflixed

Having not watched a movie since October, I went over to Netflix to cancel our much adored, but long neglected, account. Instead, I got sucked back in by a $9.99/month retention offer and distracted by a new widget that allowed me to perform yet another stupid geek trick. Tracking movies...

People

People

As online photo memes go, “These are the People in my Neighborhood” is simple and cute. Twelve lines of lyrics (well, if “bor…” counts as a line) plus twelve people on the street equals a tiny glimpse into a town. Only two neighborhoods so far (India and San Francisco), but...

Peek-A-Boo

Peek-A-Boo

Good news? Surveillance and networking hardware is finally getting so easy to use, anyone can set up a camera and watch a space via any web browser. Bad news? If you’re not careful, the world can watch, too. Thanks to default installations and, yes, Google, you can find hundreds of...

Hard Sell

Hard Sell

“Never shop on an empty stomach and never shop on an empty head,” advises Karl McKeever, one of Britain’s leading visual merchandising consultants, as he explains the “tricks or techniques” retailers use to get you to buy something. But the folks at Metafilter quickly pointed to America’s guru of sales...

Quipless

Quipless

It was sad enough when he left the show, but now the loss is far greater: Jerry Orbach, a.k.a. Lennie Briscoe, has died. He played the quintessential “jaded cop,” a wisecracking 12-year veteran for a landmark television series, in addition to stealing scenes on stage and on the big screen....

Carded

Carded

Waitaminit. Sending out Christmas cards is a domestic task largely the domain of women? Why didn’t I get that memo? Anyway, if you want one from our crowded and cozy home, just send me your mailing address (you’ll have to fix the ‘at’ sign — damn spambots). You won’t get it...

Bid

Bid

Now that I’m sure I’m in it for the long haul with my new gadget (or my “new mistress,” as my wife likes to say), it’s time to bid farewell to my old friend. Sony makes spectacular PDAs. If only they had a chance in the mobile phone marketplace… Hey,...

Mew!

Mew!

Media commentator and unapologetic cat lover Ian Lind points the way to this Star-Bulletin story by photographer-turned-firefighter Ken Ige, describing how he stumbled into the world of feline custodianship. “So I stood there in the humane society office, holding the phone, neither of us saying a word. No one wanted...

Toothless

Toothless

Don’t tell my wife, but Chris Noth is the latest star in Amazon.com’s great experiment in short-films and blatant product placement. He stars in “Tooth Fairy,” a piece that — seemingly in tribute to his giddiest island fan — features cookware and cutlery, among other things. Past stars include Blair Underwood and...

Inevitable

Inevitable

“Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster is out with its list of the 2004 ‘Words of the Year.’ Topping the list by a wide margin is the word “blog,” which is generally used to describe an online personal journal. The word has shown up consistently since July on the daily top 50 list...

Go Blog

Go Blog

This is only a test. Blogging from the couch on my new toy with some new software. Does it work? Can you read me now? Good!

Delivered

Delivered

For a geek, “anticipation” is having a new gadget delivered at home while you’re at work. My birthday gift to myself is the new PalmOne Treo 650. I had preordered it and everything, and Sprint — the first provider to carry it, and fortunately my current provider — opened the floodgates last...

Red, Blue, Yellow?

Red, Blue, Yellow?

As the parent of three small children, two of whom are big fans, there’s no need to guess whether nautical nonsense is on our agenda for this weekend. For the most part, limiting your theater-going experiences to cartoons and kiddie flicks is a painful parenting reality. But I’m not dreading...

Gak!

Gak!

If you’re using Movable Type and held at version 2.661 because of that whole licensing thing, but you’ve been thinking about just biting the bullet and going for 3.x, my advice is: Don’t. Well, if you’re starting from scratch, I’m sure it’s fine. But if you’re a hand-coder and made...

Jet Plane

Jet Plane

I’m spending my 30th birthday in Los Angeles. I’m leaving on the red-eye tonight to arrive there Friday morning, just in time for a meeting. Saturday will bring another meeting, followed by a dress-up fundraising dinner. I get back late Sunday, just in time to go back to my real...

Murmurs

Murmurs

The folly of egg-stage chicken counting, “Dewey Defeats Truman,” the 2000 elections, yada yada yada. Dammit I know better. But so hungry is my soul for even a faint glimmer of light, I pathetically gravitate anyway toward reports of high turnout, early exit poll numbers and other optimistic amateur punditry...

Hanging Chads

Hanging Chads

The ever lovable Donald Rumsfeld testified yesterday, essentially, that he’d settle for a partial election sooner rather than a full election later in Iraq, given the pesky problem of “no-go zones.” Nothing’s perfect in life, so you have an election that’s not quite perfect,” Rumsfeld said. “Is it better than...